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Could you go without shampoo?

There are lots of reasons to give up shampoo – from avoiding chemicals to saving money. Here, we tell you a few ways to go without…


Get prepared

Before you begin your no-shampoo regime, get your hair trimmed and give it a wash with a sulphate shampoo (ask your hairdresser or chemist) to remove any waxes or silicones.

Grit your teeth

Be prepared – your hair will probably look terrible at first while it adjusts to life without shampoo. Give yourself at least two weeks for the bounce back to happen.

Curls and waves?

If you’ve got wavy or curly hair that isn’t oily, you can clean your hair perfectly well with conditioner only. Use it every other day and massage it well into your scalp before rinsing.

Straight and oily?

If that describes your locks, you can use natural products to wash them – but make sure you condition, too. Try a tablespoon of baking soda or vinegar mixed with a cup of warm water, or mix a tablespoon of lemon juice with the same amount of conditioner. In all cases, rinse thoroughly then condition, unless you are using the baking soda mix, in which case you can use the vinegar solution to condition, too.

Go cold turkey

Got your hair used to a shampoo-free state? Now’s the time to wean it off the baking soda/vinegar/lemon juice combo. Be ready for it to be a little greasy at first, but after a week or so, your scalp’s natural urge to over-compensate for the years of abuse you’ve subjected it to will adjust itself, and within a month you’ll have locks that put Nicole Scherzinger’s in the shade.

Get a hat…

…or a set of hairbands… or a fascinator… or another hat. While your hair’s adjusting you really need to avoid mousse, gel or any other styling product that coats your hair – it won’t find its natural balance if you keep shoving things into it.

Brush, brush, brush

That 100 strokes a night they did in the olden days had a purpose, you know – so if your hair is looking greasy, give it a go – although you don’t need to aim for a century. Just a good brush in the morning, at night, and whenever you can manage will help your hair feel less greasy – but keep your brush clean.

Back to baking soda

Once your hair’s looking fabulous, you can re-introduce the baking soda to keep your hair clean and shiny. And, you can sprinkle some on your roots and brush it out on those really greasy transition days, too.

Tried it?

Let us know how you get on!



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